Presentation Information

Tori Hamilton

Management of Mental Health Assessment During a Lactation Consult

  • Speaker: Tori Hamilton , BScN, RN, IBCLC, PMH-C
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU

The transition into parenthood is incredibly complex and often results in shifts in our physical and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, many parents do not receive adequate screening and support for perinatal mental health challenges, which in turn can negatively impact their ability to co-regulate with their children and find joy in their breastfeeding and perinatal journey. As lactation professionals, we connect with families during pivotal moments that may involve traumatic experiences, physical pain, financial strain, changes in relationships, and shifts in identity. We have an opportunity to play a pivotal role in identifying and assessing mental health challenges, reducing the stigma of accessing mental health support, and referring to our qualified counterparts to offer treatment. In this PowerPoint presentation, we will review how to perform a mental health assessment during a lactation consult. Topics that will be covered include how birth & breastfeeding experiences impact maternal mental health, how to bring forward difficult conversations including intrusive thoughts and suicide risk assessment, what to chart, and how to know when to refer.